BioAmber partners with Brenntag for market expansion

Expanding capacity with a plant in Sarnia to handle 30,000 tonnes.

MONTREAL — BioAmber Inc. has partnered with Brenntag in the Americas for distribution of its Bio-SA bio-based succinic acid and derivatives, including bio-based 1, 4-butanediol (BDO).

Brenntag a chemicals distributor based in Germany industrial, chemicals, bio, operating in the Americas, offers a complete line of industrial and specialty chemicals and a broad array of services.

BioAmber, a renewable chemicals company based in Minneapolis with a Canadian operation based in Montreal, said the partnership will provide access to customers and markets across the Americas.

BioAmber is currently supplying commercial Bio-SA from a European production facility but with growing market demand the company is expanding capacity in 2014 in Sarnia, Ont. with a 30,000-tonne plant to serve the North American and other markets. Production will be expanded by 20,000 tonnes in 2016, bringing total annual capacity to 50,000 tonnes.

As an acidulant and preservative made from plant based feedstocks, bio-succinic has a range of applications, including as a raw material for polyurethanes, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and personal care ingredients.